The Legal Impact of Social Media

Social media has made waves in the legal landscape over the past few years and this week a new lawsuit came about that raises an interesting question–how should the law handle social media sites that enable crimes to be committed? In January, Twitter announced that it would block messages that contravened laws if governments requested, but made clear that they would support the free flow of information and resist censorship as much as possible. Brazil has now filed a lawsuit requesting that Twitter block tweets that report the locations of speed traps and roadblocks, claiming that it enables drunk drivers to elude police. How should the law treat social media hosts who must moderate the information its users post to the web? Leave us a comment and share your thoughts.

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